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Children of Bodom/ Amon Amarth

Date: 12/17/06
Venue: Nokia Theater, New York
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


Amon Amarth setlist:
Valhall Awaits Me
Runes to My Memory
Death in Fire
Fate of Norns
An Ancient Sign of a Coming Storm
The Pursuit of Vikings

Bodom Setlist:
Hate Me
Children of Decadence/Chokehold
Living Dead Beat
Are You Dead Yet
Mask of Sanity/Dead Night Warrior
Angels Don't Kill
Children of Bodom
Needled 24/7
Bodom Beach Terror
In your Face

Out this time serving as direct support to Children of Bodom for a second round of dates within a year and behind their current release “With Oden on Our Side”, Amon Amarth’s Viking spirited death metal has earned a large following here in the States. As singer Johan Hegg with his beer filled native horn at his side commanded the stage he lead his fellow mates into battle for each song and kept the crowds enthusiasm high as fans sang many lyrics back to the band. Even though it was Bodom’s show the crowd was equally receptive to Amon’s very forceful melody free sound. The music was tight and each player gave back as much to the audience as they were putting out. A strong support act and destined to do headliners sooner than later.

If memory serves me correct this is Bodom’s seventh U.S. tour, one with Dimmu Borgir, Fear Factory, Slayer, Iced Earth, and this their third headliner within the past few years. I have seen them five of the seven times. Now here we are in 06’ at a sold out Nokia Theater in New York city. I’d say all this time on the road has paid off, wouldn’t you? Like Amon Amarth Bodom are also out supporting a new release, their first DVD Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live. Now while the DVD concert portion features one setlist, the boys on this night decided not to repeat themselves too much throwing in to the mix “Children of Decadence”, “Mask of Sanity”, Deadnight Warrior”, and “Chokehold”. For their stage show, and for the first time to be seen in the States, they brought with them the light up C.O.B. logo that hangs above the drum riser, a feature that can be seen on their DVD. Similar to what Kiss uses on stage and as Bodom’s popularity rises having Kiss as an influence can’t be a bad thing. Obviously they are reaching for the stars as well.


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